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Houston, Nashville art museums to feature ‘Gross’ cars

1937 Delahaye 135MS roadster by Figonh et Falaschi among featured vehicles | Peter Harholdt photo courtesy REVS Institute
1937 Delahaye 135MS roadster by Figonh et Falaschi among featured vehicles | Peter Harholdt photo courtesy REVS Institute

Ken Gross is at it again, and this time it will be art museums and their patrons in Houston and Nashville that will benefit from Gross’ curatorial talent.

From February 21 through May 30, the exhibition “Sculpted in Steele: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940” will be featured at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and from May 27 through October 9, “Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945 to 1975” will be at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading

Goodguys announces 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tour

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2015 Good Guys Hall of Fame Road Tour | Goodguys photo

Goodguys has announced its 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tour dates and locations. The tour is set to begin at Roadster Shop Headquarters in Mundelein, Illinois, on Saturday, September 24, and will travel 1,000 miles in five days to the Goodguys 24th Lone Star Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas.

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Six Nations Shootout featured at London Classic Car show

Lamborghini Miura from 'The Italian Job' among 60 cars in the Shootout selection | London Classic Car Show photos
Lamborghini Miura from ‘The Italian Job’ among 60 cars in the Shootout selection | London Classic Car Show photos

It’s called the Six Nations Shootout, a contest to be staged at the London Classic Car Show which takes place February 18-21. The idea is to allow show visitors to see 10 classic vehicles from each country and then vote on which country has produced the best cars.

The countries are Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. The cars will be parked along the show’s centerpiece Grand Avenue.

“The Six Nations on The Grand Avenue started as a bit of fun, but as we have been curating each nation’s representatives it has developed more of a serious edge,” show director Bas Bungish said in a news release.

“Each country has some serious metal ready to uphold their national pride so it’s really hard to decide which one might come out on top by the time the show closes. Ultimately the decision lies with the visitors to the show.”

Britain will be represented by cars from the likes of AC, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Jensen and Lotus, including a 1925 Bentley 3-liter in British Racing Green, an E-type, a Jensen FF, AC Ace, Lotus Esprit and Aston Martin Lagonda.

1997 World Rally Championship Subaru Impreza part of Japan's team |LAT photo  1st Position. World Copyright LAT Photographic
1997 World Rally Championship Subaru Impreza part of Japan’s team |LAT photo

The French display will include vehicles such as the Renault 5 Turbo and Peugeot 205 T16.

The Lamborghini Miura supposedly destroyed in the opening scene of the 1969 movie The Italian Job (it was a stunt double that actually was wrecked by a mafia-controlled bulldozer) will be part of the Italian entry to include cars from Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati, among them the Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio, a Fiat Dino, a Ferrari 250 Lusso and the only non-red Ferrari F40.

German cars are to include an original Audi quattro, a Porsche 356 Speedster and several BMWs, including a CSL “Batmobile,” an original 328 and an Mi.

Representing Japan will be a Datsun 240Z, a 1972 Skyline GT-R, a Toyota 2000GT and a Toyota Sports 800, and the Prodrive Subaru Impreza rally car, among others.

American cars will include an original Ford Thunderbird, a Cadillac Series 62 coupe, and others yet to be announced.

The show will be held in the ExCeL center in London’s Docklands.

Artcurial sets records at its Retromobile auctions

Ferrari Testarossa formerly owned by Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli on the Artcurial stand at Retromobile | Dirk de Jager photo
Ferrari Testarossa formerly owned by Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli on the Artcurial stand at Retromobile | Dirk de Jager photo

Artcurial Motorcars has posted $62.6 million in sales (56.1 million euros for its two-day collector car auction as part of Retromobile in Paris. The overall sales figure is a 21 percent improvement over the company’s 2015 sale in its hometown, a sale that made headlines last year by including the sensational barn-found Baillon Collection. Continue reading

Corvette Funfest 2016 celebrates C5 Corvette’s 20th anniversary

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2015 Corvette FunFest | Corvette FunFest Photo

Corvette FunFest 2016 is set to celebrate the C5 Corvettes 20th anniversary during the four-day event, September 15-18 at the Mid America Motorworks’ Corporate campus in Effingham, Illinois. The event will have a display showcasing the C5 from concept, including the CERV 4b, C5 Alpha- and C5 Beta-build Corvettes as well as completion cars and the C5 Z06.

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Goodguys add Duel in Des Moines to autocross schedule

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Old Mercury on display at 2015 Heartland Nationals | Goodguys photo

Due to the popular growth of the AutoCross series at Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events, a Duel in Des Moines has been added to the 25th anniversary Heartland Nationals taking place July 1-3 at the Iowa Fairgrounds.

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2016 Arizona auction sales total tops $256 million

Cars on the block at Barrett-Jackson | Larry Edsall photos
Cars on the block at Barrett-Jackson | Larry Edsall photos

Now that they’ve had time to check their figures and to add in post-block sales, the six collector car auction houses doing business last month in Arizona report total combined sales of more than $256 million.

While that figure is less than the nearly $293 million in sales last year, a number that was boosted by the sale at Barrett-Jackson of the huge Ron Pratte Collection, the $256 million total exceeds the strong 2014 auction sales results of more than $248 million. Continue reading

Gooding reveals full list of Jerry Seinfeld cars coming to auction

Three eras of Porsche Speedsters will be offered by Jerry Seinfeld at Gooding’s Florida auction | Gooding & Company photos
Three eras of Porsche Speedsters will be offered by Jerry Seinfeld at Gooding’s Florida auction | Gooding & Company photos

Gooding & Company has revealed the full list of 18 cars that comedian and avid Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld has consigned for the Amelia Island Auction in March. The cars – 16 Porsches and two Volkswagens – are scheduled to cross the block March 11 when Gooding holds its annual auction during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend in Florida. Continue reading

Bardinon Ferrari sets auction record* at Artcurial’s Paris sale

1957 Ferrari racer set auction records for highest price paid in euros or British pounds | Artcurial Motorcars photo
1957 Ferrari racer set auction records for highest price paid in euros or British pounds | Artcurial Motorcars photo

Leading up its annual sale at Retromobile, Artcurial had talked about a pre-auction estimated value of $30 million to $34 million for the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Pierre Bardinon Collection. The car crossed the block Friday in Paris and sold for $35.7 million (with buyer’s premium), which Artcurial said is the most ever paid for a collector car at auction (based on its price in euros).

* The price in euros was 32.1 million. Artcurial said the price also is a record when converted into British pounds (24.7 million). It is not a record in U.S. dollars, in part because of the recent strength of the dollar compared to other currencies. Continue reading

Ferraris dominate top 10 at Bonhams sale in Paris

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta is high-dollar sale at Bonhams Paris auction | Bonhams photo
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta is high-dollar sale at Bonhams Paris auction | Bonhams photo

First, RM Sotheby’s posted nearly $21 million in sales at its Paris auction during Retromobile week. Now comes word that Thursday, the day after RM Sotheby’s event, Bonhams’ Grand Palais sale did more than $16 million at its auction in Paris. Today and Saturday, it’s Paris-based Artcurial’s turn on the block, and with a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider that carries a $30 million pre-sale estimated value. Continue reading